For years, a 401K and home ownership seemed like the sure ways to build a solid foundation lasting legacy. Side-hustles were to explore hobbies and a chance at multiple streams of income, but never really a focus. I didn’t grow up hearing small business and creativity talked about at the same time. If you were a creative, business was something that required more discipline and structure than your attention span allowed. But, in the age of startups, Kickstarter, and layoffs, going into business for your self, officially, has become more appealing and feasible.

During a recent trip back to my hometown, I took note of all the new businesses sprouting up. I started to look at ownership as a way to contribute to the revitalization happening in a place that I love dearly. I also thought about what entrepreneurship would mean for my own claims of independence and desire for freedom and flexibility. Of course there’s the question of being built for entrepreneurship. Was it something that only sounded good in theory?

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, “anyone can learn to be an entrepreneur.” Along with a list of characteristics of successful small business owners, the site has awesome resources from grants to business plan how-tos. It’s just one of many online destinations that I plan on utilizing.

Have you considered becoming an entrepreneur? Do you think there should be as much of as emphasis on entrepreneurship as there is on home ownership?

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  • Yes….I really want to open my boutique. I know the location, I know what I want to sell, I have the business plan, I have the design…I know all but I have two women who don’t want their daughter/niece to take that chance.

    • Pat

      Find others who will. Advertise it. Craig list, blogs, social network. Follow your dreams.

  • Yes MOST definitely! I never really was interested in the thought of owning my own business until I graduated from college last year and came home to a corporate job that had absolutely nothing to do with my major (Journalism). I hate corporate America and I realized I never wanted to work for anybody again. I would like to own my boutique which will hopefully grow into a retail chain. I’ve made steps to this by launching my own online vintage boutique, http://www.vintagefiendz.com as a way to get my feet wet with entreprenuership. I’m actually going back to school to pursue an MBA, that will give me the skills to be a business powerhouse.

    With entrepreneurship I’ve found my true passion I love the idea of being a business owner and being my own boss. I encourage others to find their passion and make a career out of it. Why work a 9-5 and help someone else build their dream, why not build your own!

    • mahogany

      I love your boutique!

    • edub

      I so agree with you. AND, I love your shop!! Best to you!

    • apple

      i love those stone wash shorts! do you have any advice for a start up? you know what i’m going to shoot you an email!

  • Danielle

    What about those of us who have no desire to own our own businesses? Are we to be shunned because we’d rather make our bread off someone else’s plot? Everyone is so concentrated on being a BOSS these days that they forget a BOSS can’t be one without WORKERS.

    • awww Danielle!

      Be whatever it is that makes you happy. Some of us just find happiness in being our own bosses. Don’t let this article deter you from finding contentment in being employed. At the end of the day,is Danielle happy?! :)

    • Not every boss needs a worker. However, I see where you are going with this.

      Still, the article is encouraging those that want to be entrepreneurs not putting down people that don’t want to be.

  • Pat

    Yes. Currently working on my own startup.

  • I did private tutoring and ran a freelance web-copy writing business when I was unemployed after graduating. Now I do it on the side. Being an entrepreneur isn’t as sexy as it looks or sounds. Most of the time, you may not be offering a service that people are interested in buying. In my opinion, if you don’t have the start up costs and a strategy plan for long-term sustainability, don’t even think about it.